In the words of financial and investment expert Patrick Young , “The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.” The predictions are in and everyone from Farmer’s Almanac to The Weather Channel and NOAA are predicting that the winter of 2014-2015 will see below-normal temperatures and high snow amounts across three-quarters of the nation.
Right or wrong, you do need to plan for possible delays in order to minimize disruptions to your supply chain. Jeff Berman, Group News Editor of Logistics Management, writes about the winter of 2013-2014, the impact it had on shippers and 3PL providers, and how to prepare going forward in his article A winter like no other.
So how do you prepare?
- Come to the terms with the fact that weather delays can and likely will happen.
- Make sure your network is broad enough to accommodate your needs and adjust to unpredictable disruptions.
- Establish clear communication channels with your 3PLs, carriers, and distribution centers.
- Incorporate supply chain visibility into your operation so that if one part of the network is stopped, the other parts know and can respond accordingly.
The winter of 2013-2014 taught us that it is important that you work with a reliable carrier who can communicate effectively and strategize with shippers if weather conditions worsen.
As a full service 3PL provider, G&D is a partner you can count on to help you keep your supply chain moving through even the most unpredictable weather. Give us a call today at 800-451-6680 or fill out a short contact form and we’ll be in touch soon!